A rising number of SMEs are finding it difficult to hire enthusiastic, youthful individuals to join their company especially with the job market being more competitive than ever throughout the UK.
Research carried out on decision makers by Arch Apprentices found that the majority of businesses looked for enthusiasm (74%), then closely followed by a good understanding of the job role (61%), relevant work experience (54%) or any work experience at all (34%).
After further research, it was shown that finding these qualities in younger candidates was not always easy with almost 43% of businesses admitting that they have struggled to find enthusiastic, youthful individuals to join their company. 39% saying that the majority of the individuals applying for their job roles have no/very limited work experience with 28% finding the majority of the individuals applying had irrelevant qualifications.
To conclude, this research uncovers that the majority think it should be essential for younger people to take part in work experience, to give individuals early involvement in a professional manner and it is also a good idea to consider taking on Apprentices’ to help individuals gain the relevant experience within the role for their business.